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25 Days of Essential Oils – Day 6

Day 6 is here with one of my favorite essential oils, frankincense!

Frankincense essential oil is my go-to for the head. I would use this oil for head support when I had concussions, ONLY after I was cleared by a medical professional. During the cold and flu season, I like to use this essential oil to open up the airways. I also this essential oil in one of my deodorant recipes due to its being great for the skin and its scent. It is also a great choice for blending with other essential oils of your liking. This essential oil is also a little more pricey than more common essential oils. This is why I choose to make a personal inhaler vs diffusion for this essential oil. There are a few varieties of frankincense, but I am going to showcase Boswellia carterii.


Essential Oil Common Name: Frankincense


Latin Name: Boswellia carterii (also known as Boswellia sacra)


Family: Burseraceae


Part of Plant Used: Resin


Extraction Method: Hydro-distilled


Notes (Scent and Staying Power): Base


Safe for Ages: Safe for all ages, but there are some general guidelines when it comes to children and essential oils. This essential oil is great for skincare, but still, use caution when using it topically for children under the age of 2. Sensitivities can still occur. Read here on how to do skin patch testing. If you create a blend for yourself, use a quarter of the amount of essential oil for children as a safe guideline.


Safe for Pregnancy: Yes


Safe for Breastfeeding: Yes


Topical Max: There is no topical max for this essential oil, but always dilute before applying it to the skin


Shelf Life: 5 Years


Key Therapeutic Properties/Actions: Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antimicrobial, Antioxidant, Antispasmodic, Sedative, Skin regenerative


Contraindications: This essential oil has no known contraindications.

Where to purchase: Frankincense here.


Thank you for reading!

Love and Nature,

Nicole


Remember: The contents of this blog post are intended for educational and informational purposes only and may not be the best fit for you and your personal situation. It shall not be construed as medical advice. The information and education provided here is not intended or implied to supplement or replace professional medical treatment, advice, and/or diagnosis. Always check with your own physician or medical professional before trying or implementing any information read here. Click here to read more about my medical/FDA disclaimers.

 

References:

Tisserand, R., & Young, R. (2014). Essential Oil Safety. (2nd ed.). Churchill Livingstone.


Aromahead Institute. (n.d.). Aromatherapy Certification Program. [Courses]. Aromahead Institute. https://courses.aromahead.com/aromatherapy-certification-program

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